Elizabeth Cora May was raised in Holton, KS, and graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College with a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics in 1919, earning her Master's degree in Home Economics in 1933. Her thesis was entitled: "The In-School and Out-of-School Activities of Home Economics Teachers in Negro Schools of Texas." She joined the home economics faculty of Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1923 when the department had only 12 students and the curriculum consisted of cooking and sewing courses. May was instrumental in expanding the curriculum. She was active in the American Home Economics Association and served as President of the Texas Association for Negro Home Economists. She has done graduate work at the Universities of Minnesota and Chicago. In her honor, the School of Home Economics at Prairie View named its new home the Elizabeth C. May Center in 1958. She published a book of poetry, Song for all Seasons, in 1980 and was awarded the Alumni Medallion from the KSU Alumni Association in 1981.
Sources of information:
Vertical File. Alumni Profiles
Vertical File. Alumni Medallion Award
K-Stater, March 1954, pg. 14-15